Indigenous students gain TAFE qualifications

As part of the South Australian Aboriginal Secondary Training Academy (SAASTA) four students from Victor Harbor High School and one student from Yankalilla recently took part in an intensive week-long block of learning at Regency TAFE in Adelaide.

The course, which ran between Monday April 8 to Friday April 12, contributes towards the completion of a Certificate III in Sport and Recreation, Hospitality, Community Studies, or Fitness, depending on each student's specific area of study.

SAASTA students from around the State convened at Regency TAFE together as part of the program, with many boarding at the Regency International House.

Victor Harbor SAASTA Coordinator Mark Nethercott said the program allowed students to experience adult learning and helped to prepare them to further their career goals.

"It's a good insight into the sort of things expected in higher education and if they decide to apply for university, they can use the fact that they've achieved a Certificate III from TAFE as an avenue," he said.

"The feedback from the week was really strong. Getting to go to Regency Campus and socialise with 70 or 80 other kids from all around the State was a real highlight for the students.

"But the real pleasure for them is really the sense of achievement they get from completing their courses and the recognition they'll receive at their graduation ceremony."

High achiever: VHHS student Craig Lee Watson taking part in the Sport and Recreation Course at Regency TAFE.

High achiever: VHHS student Craig Lee Watson taking part in the Sport and Recreation Course at Regency TAFE.